Did you know that 80% of your immune tissues are located in your Gut?
Optimized Gut Function
When looking at ways to optimize immune function, it’s important to acknowledge the connection between our immune system and two other systems; the digestive system often called our “gut” and the nervous system or the brain. Approximately 70-80% of the immune system is found within the gut, which means proper diet is key to a healthy immune system.
There are also more neurotransmitters, brain cell messengers, in the gut than in the brain. The human body is a complex, interconnected ecosystem and the gut is where your body interacts the most with the outside world. Your gut acts acts as the frontline of your immune system, as it is constantly exposed to new microbes and molecules that come from the things you eat and drink. The processes that take place in the gut are involved in the central nervous system, brain, and even influence your mood.
Some symptoms may be more obvious, such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel symptoms, but others are less commonly associated with poor gut function. These include skin issues such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dry skin, rash, as well as yeast infections, congestion, allergies, asthma, brain fog, joint pain and mood issues like anxiety, depression and irritability.
The two main dysfunctions of the gut is dysbiosis or imbalanced gut flora, more bad bacteria than good and intestinal permeability. Intestinal permeability, happens when the villi that line and protect the gut, become damaged. Chronic elevated cortisol levels due to stress is a common cause of intestinal permeability often called “leaky gut”. When the barrier is damaged, food proteins leak into the bloodstream undigested. This initiates an immune response which in turn becomes overactive, producing inflammation throughout the entire body.
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